Chelsea, Man City and Man United clash on deadline day and Leeds have the last laugh with chairman’s tweet

Chelsea, Man City and Man United clash on deadline day and Leeds have the last laugh with chairman's tweet

And just like that, it’s over… for another six months.

It was an eventful end to the summer transfer window as Manchester United began the day by officially reuniting Antony with manager Erik ten Hag and Chelsea ended up bringing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to England, while Liverpool surprised with the signing of Arthur Melo.

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Antony has beaten a move away from Ajax after joining Man United for a fee of £86m

But the highlight saw Aubameyang, formerly of Arsenal, join Chelsea

Chelsea

But the highlight saw another Arsenal signing Aubameyang join Chelsea

There was also activity at Aston Villa, Fulham, Leeds, Manchester City, Southampton, Nottingham Forest obviously and Leicester also spent money.

The chaotic end to the window ensured Premier League clubs broke their summer transfer spending record, with £1.9 billion paid in total.

Here, talkSPORT takes a look at another crazy bid deadline day.

MORNING GLORY

Man United confirmed that Antony was theirs, with the signing of the 22-year-old winger for £80m and possible add-ons taking him to £85m.

“This is an incredible moment in my career to join one of the most iconic clubs in the world,” he told manutd.com.

Rivals City were active and brought in Swiss defender Manuel Akanji, their fifth signing of the window, from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal.

On the south coast, Southampton have said goodbye to Oriol Romeu after seven years when he returned to his native Spain to sign for Girona. Leicester, meanwhile, spent their first save on Reims defender Wout Faes.

Akanji has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium

Akanji has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Willy Boly completed his move to Nottingham Forest, becoming the club’s 19th signing of the window.

Bournemouth brought in Jack Stephens on loan from Southampton and it was revealed that Chelsea and Barcelona had agreed a fee to bring Aubameyang back to the Premier League.

Willian returns to the Premier League and joins Fulham from Corinthians

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Willian returns to the Premier League and joins Fulham from Corinthians

As the day began, Jan Bednarek was headed for West Ham, then that ended and he joined Aston Villa, while Steven Gerrard’s side also snapped up Leander Dendoncker from Wolves.

Fulham then announced a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa on loan and Willian on a free.

Also leaving PSG was Idrissa Gana Gueye, who returned to Everton.

“There is no better feeling than coming home. I am very happy to be back here at Everton, to help and work hard. I will give my soul to this team”, he said.

AFTERNOON FUN

United brought goalkeeper Martin Dubravka into their ranks, meaning they have him and Tom Heaton, both of whom were first-choice shot-stoppers a couple of seasons ago, as back-up goalkeepers.

Some entertainment came from Leeds, via the South of France. Marseille’s Bamba Dieng spent much of the afternoon with a private jet waiting. He was deciding whether to head to Elland Road or rivals Nice. Didn’t pick Leeds despite chairman Andrea Radrizzani pulling out the flag…

Radrizzani and Leeds laughed it off, however, when it emerged that Dieng had failed his medicine in Nice.

Chelsea added a familiar face to their ranks in former Arsenal man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Marcos Alonso joining Barcelona as part of the deal.

Hector Bellerin also sealed an emotional return to Barcelona as Arsenal handed him a free loan.

Meanwhile, Juventus and Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria joined Chelsea on loan.

There was hope that Memphis Depay would also arrive, but with an hour to go before the deadline, the Dutchman told fans that he had decided to stay on the Barca bench.

However, the Blues have said goodbye to Billy Gilmour, who joins Brighton for a fee of just £7.5m.

Gilmour showed promise in the early years of his career, but has stagnated in recent seasons

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Gilmour showed promise in the early years of his career, but has stagnated in recent seasons

At Anfield, Arthur Melo’s loan was announced late and he will now have Joel Matip as another top player he can call a teammate after Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar. You think talkSPORT is a joke, but the players really love it.

We thought there was more to come at Arsenal, but they couldn’t get a deal for Douglas Luiz over the line.

Everton got their hands on Manchester United midfielder James Garner, while Tahith Chong made his move to Birmingham permanent.

Out of the blue, Fulham signed former Tottenham loanee Carlos Vinicius from Benfica. They also secured a loan move for Daniel James from Leeds.

Southampton, meanwhile, pulled off FOUR deals.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles joined on loan from Arsenal for the season.

The Saints also signed Duje Caleta-Car from Marseille and two other players from Manchester City on deadline day, with Samuel Edozie and Juan Larios.

Arthur will add to Jurgen Klopp's midfield options at Anfield

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Arthur will add to Jurgen Klopp’s midfield options at Anfield

But there was no deadline for Luiz, who wanted to join Arsenal

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But there was no deadline for Luiz, who wanted to join Arsenal

Incidentally, Nottingham Forest added summer signings 20 and 21 to their ranks – the Premier League’s new boys announced deals for winger Josh Bowler and French defender Loic Bade after the window closed on hit

Steve Cooper’s side have spent £145m, breaking the British record for most signings in a single season.

Leeds then finally landed a striker when they announced late last night the signing of Wilfried Gnonto on a five-year deal from Swiss Super League champions FC Zurich.

The 18-year-old forward, who went through Inter Milan’s academy, is the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Italian national team.

And that’s it… Roll on January!

Catch up on all the deals made in the summer transfer window and the latest reaction to the biggest deals here

Key Premier League transfer deadline day signings:

– Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Denis Zakaria Chelsea
– Billy Gilmour (Brighton)
– Wilfried Gnonto (Leeds)
– Willy Boly, Josh Bowler, Loic Bade (Nottingham Forest)
– Duje Caleta-Car, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Samuel Edozie, Juan Larios (Southampton)
– Dan James, Willian, Layvin Kurzawa, Carlos Vinicius (Fulham)
James Garner, Idrissa Gueye (Everton)
Arthur Melo (Liverpool)
– Leander Dendoncker, Jan Bednarek (Aston Villa)
– Antony, Martin Dubravka (Man Utd)
– Wout Faes (Leicester)
– Manuel Akanji (Man City)


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